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The Drone Racing League Built the World's Fastest Quadcopter

Is 179.6 mph fast enough for you?

July 14, 2017

RacerX Specs
  • 46,000 RPMs
  • 10S (42V) Powertrain
  • BeeRotor 80A (10S) ESCs / BLHeli with Multishot
  • TMotor F80 2407 2500kv
  • 1300mah 2 x 5S R-Line Tattu LiPo batteries
The Drone Racing League (DRL), arguably the world’s premier drone racing association, has built the world’s fastest battery-powered quad, the RacerX. As of yesterday, the racing drone now holds the Guinness World Record for the “fastest ground speed by a battery-powered remote-controlled quadcopter.”

The RacerX flew the 100-meter Guinness test course at an average speed of 163.5 mph (watch it below), which is the official record speed. However, the RacerX is capable of top speed of 179.6 mph — more than double a cheetah’s top running speed. Not bad.

DRL’s engineering team and Director of Product Ryan Gury hand-built the RacerX. The record-breaking flight took place “after months of trial and error, hundreds of broken motors and fiery crashes,” according to the DRL’s website.

“We’re thrilled to put our proprietary technology to the test, as we’re all about speed and pushing the limits of drone design here at DRL,” said Nicholas Horbaczewski, DRL CEO and founder, in a press release. “The record-setting Racer X represents the culmination of years of technological innovation by our team of world class engineers, and we’re very excited to unveil the fastest racing drone on earth.”

Will another drone emerge to dethrone the DRL from its seat on the fastest-drone throne? That’s yet to be seen — but for now, you can watch some of the league's  promo for its 2017 DRL Allianz World Championship finale.

Featured image: Drone Racing League